Enrile: I'm ready to die in jail

Posted at 06/09/14 9:24 PM

MANILA - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile on Monday said he has packed his things and is ready for his arrest and detention.

The 90-year-old Enrile, who is accused of plunder in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam, also said that he is ready to die in jail.

"Why should I resist? I am a lawyer. I know the process. Why should I resist? I have no reason to resist," he told reporters, when asked about the impending arrest warrant that could be served on him and 2 other senators tagged in the scam.

"I have been prepared since several days ago. I have already packed up my things to bring into Camp Crame if it is where we're going to be confined," Enrile said.

He said he has no problem if an arrest warrant against him is served at the Senate.

"I was served a warrant here in the Senate in 1990. It was here in the Senate that I was arrested. The second time that I was arrested in 2001 was at my house and I went with Gen. Berroya," he said.

Enrile said he won't file any motion to stop his arrest but "will exert all remedies."

"If you are a seasoned lawyer, you will use all the available remedies to defend yourself," he said.

Enrile said he may serve as his own lawyer "if there is a need for it."

He added that he will leave it to the government if he will be placed under either hospital or house arrest.

"I'm prepared. Even if I'll die in my cell, it's okay. At my age, I've gone through life already," he said.

Enrile said he supports the proposed live coverage of the pork barrel scam trials.

"Better. Para open. Para malaman ng tao ang katotohanan," he said.


The Office of the Ombudsman on Monday formally filed graft cases against Enrile, fellow Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., and several others before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the pork barrel scam.

A staff member of the docket section of the Sandiganbayan informed the media that 11 counts of graft were filed against Estrada, et al; 15 for Enrile, et al; and 16 for Revilla, et al.

The informations were filed at the Sandiganbayan an hour before the docket section closed.

Those charged with graft also include alleged pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles and heads of implementing agencies who were allegedly involved in the misuse of pork barrel funds.

Also included in the graft charges is Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos.

The filing of the graft raps comes after the Ombudsman filed plunder charges last Friday against the 3 senators, Napoles and other individuals linked to the scam. - with a report from Adrian Ayalin ABS-CBN News